CNN, MSNBC, the Washington Post and the New York Times are among the news organizations that President Trump has mistakenly labeled “fake news”. And now articles based on reports from the four branches are no longer welcome at Rupert Murdoch’s New York Post, according to three journalists who work there.
Senior editors at the New York Post instructed staff this week not to use CNN, MSNBC, The Times and The Washington Post coverage as the sole basis for a Post article, the three journalists alleged on condition of anonymity for fear Retribution. A Post spokeswoman declined to comment.
It is common practice for the New York Post and its website nypost.com to publish articles based solely on coverage from other news outlets without a postal journalist independently verifying it. The Post is not alone in following this widespread practice, and many news sites have succeeded in repackaging material from other news organizations. The policy in the Murdoch tabloid was unusual in that it deemed material from certain outlets to be banned.
The job was passed on by Michelle Gotthelf, editor-in-chief of nypost.com, and the section’s editors, the three post journalists said. Postal journalists who are now discovering a report on the four banned outlets they believe are worth writing about now need to run some reports before going to the keyboard.
Why did The Post pick these four outlets and not Variety or CBS News, for example? The three journalists said no explanation had been given, but they added that the reason need not be detailed. CNN, MSNBC, The Washington Post and The Times are considered liberal within the Murdoch empire, which is home to Fox News and Fox Business, cable networks that were instrumental in the rise of President Trump. Publishing articles based on the work of these organizations would not fit the Post’s right-wing identity, the journalists said.
That identity has changed whiplash in recent months. During most of the 2020 election, the newspaper went all-in for Mr. Trump under the guidance of senior advisor Col Allan, a former Post editor-in-chief who made a comeback in the newsroom after around 40 years at Murdoch newspapers and sometimes has belittled its rivals.
In the last days of the campaign, as Mr. Trump was headed for defeat, the tone of the tabloid changed. A Post article published shortly before election day reported that the president made the “unsubstantiated claim that political enemies were trying to steal the election”. Mr. Allan, who once wore a Make America Great Again hat in the newsroom, announced that he would be retiring.
As the President pushed ahead with his false claim that the election had been rigged and his enthusiastic fans backed him with shouts of “Stop the Steal,” the Post seemed to take a sharp pause and published a front-page editorial on December 27, “Stop.” You the madness. ” The editorial beat up Mr. Trump for refusing to accept the election result and told him to “end this dark charade”.
The ban on articles based on the work of CNN, MSNBC, The Times and The Washington Post was ordered days after a president-instigated mob stormed the Capitol. The news media was a secondary target for anti-government agitators. In the midst of the violence, Trump loyalists sang, “CNN sucks,” and MSNBC journalists said they took care not to put MSNBC-identifying tags on their equipment or clothing.
Over the weekend, senior editors expressed their dissatisfaction with the Post’s coverage of Mr. Trump, the three journalists said. The editors pointed to an article published on Saturday based on a CNN report that said Vice President Mike Pence had not ruled out using the 25th amendment to oust Mr Trump from office.
Another example of the Post’s reliance on material from the now banned outlets was also released on Saturday – an article in which the Washington Post was held responsible for its coverage of a memo from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
The post office is understaffed, said the three journalists. Some reporters write five or more articles a day. This is in part why they turn to the work of other outlets.
Mr. Allan will call it a career in March, and The Post and its website will have a new top editor: Keith Poole, a British journalist who knows about Fleet Street journalism. Mr Poole was a digital editor at The Daily Mail, a website known for its endless scrolling stories of celebrity coffee runs, before joining the Murdoch empire in 2016 as digital editor for London tabloid The Sun.